By Tunde Rufai and Yekinni Adeyemi
As part of effort to eradicate Malaria spread in Nigeria, the Ojokoro local council development chairman, Hon. Hammed Idowu Tijani, has joined is other well meaning organization in the world to commemorate the World Malaria Day, in collaboration with the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, Amen Zone, to sensitize the populace on the deadly effect of the disease, as it has claimed more lives across the world with the theme ‘Zero Malaria Start with Me’.
In his welcome address the council chairman, Hon. HID Tijani, who was represented by the supervisory councilor for Health, Hon. Nasir Busari, said, the council will not rest on is Oasis until Malaria disease spread becomes a thing of the past in the council, while saying, the council is taking several steps in making sure, the disease does not have a place in the council environment.
“We have begin clearing of drainage to allow free flow of water, as a log of water is one of the cause of Malaria, we have equipped our various primary health centres to quickly deal with cases of Malaria and other diseases”.
While making remarks about the current administration, he reiterated the achievement made in the health sector, as he said, the council under his leadership had constructed and equipped Ishokan Primary Health Centre, reshape the Kola PHC and the upgrade of Iwa PHC. He then advise his people to always visits those health centres, as they are provided to serve the populace.
A resource person, who spoke about Malaria and its spread, Dr. Mrs. Giwa Omotayo from Clinton Health Access Initiative, said, the best way towards arresting Malaria spread is prevention, bed net, indoor residual spread, cleanliness, medical check-up.
Also speaking the head of medical officers, Ojokoro LCDA, Dr. Oguyemi Riyike said the council has been doing all within it best to arrest any spread of disease as the medical team are always on alert to forestall any breakdown of disease.
It could be recalled that the centre for disease control and prevention recorded 3 million to 5million cases of Malaria yearly, and almost 1million people die of the disease annually – largely infant, young children and pregnant women, most of them in Africa.